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    Japanese Cloisonné Vase, ca. 1920

    Appraised Value:

    $4,000 - $6,000

    Appraised on: August 23, 2008

    Appraised in: Hartford, Connecticut

    Appraised by: Robert Waterhouse

    Category: Asian Arts

    Episode Info: Hartford, Hour 3 (#1318)

    Originally Aired: May 25, 2009

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    Form: Vase
    Material: Enamel, Silver
    Period / Style: 19th Century
    Value Range: $4,000 - $6,000

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    Appraisal Video: (1:56)


    Appraised By:

    Robert Waterhouse
    Asian Arts

    Freeman's Auctioneers

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My husband was cleaning out a home in Fairfield County and it was going into a dumpster. He thought it was nice and I love flowers and vases, so he brought it home. And that's how I acquired it.

    APPRAISER: So he saved it?

    GUEST: He saved it.

    APPRAISER: It's a Japanese cloisonné vase, and it's produced by a company called Ando. And you can see the Ando mark to the base. The Ando mark is a four-arrow star within a circle. And the Ando workshop produced magnificent cloisonné works during the Meiji period. And then as they went into the early 20th century, the work's quality diminished. This is going from the Meiji period into 1920, 1930. It has wonderful silver mounts at the foot and rim; a wonderful sky blue ground of cloisonné. And it is very rare to find 80-, 100-year-old Japanese cloisonné vases in a condition such as this. This is in very fine condition. Usually we have what we call spider-web bruising-- bruising to the shoulder, there'll be bruising to the foot. And cloisonné is an enamel, so it damages easily. And interestingly, it's in low to medium relief. And if you have a look here on the shoulder,you can see that the leaves are raised. If this was simple wire work, which is just the color and enamel within wires over a ground, then it would be worth,at auction, $800 to $1,200. Now with this raised, low-relief enamel, at auction, I would give it an estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

    GUEST: Oh, wow. That's nice.

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